Series MS-2789 - Harris family letters, journals, and publications

Cumberland House, 1892.

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Harris family letters, journals, and publications

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MS-2789

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  • 1753, 1834-[ca. 1918] (Creation)

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29 cm of textual and graphic material

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(1851-1933)

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Donated to the BC Archives by Mrs. John M. McAvity (nee Oland), granddaughter of Martha Harris.

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This series consists of correspondence from friends and family members, including letters written by Martha and James William Douglas as children and a letter written to Lady Douglas by Sister Marguerite Connolly (Lady Douglas' sister), 1884. Other records include: a memoir of Martha's early life in Victoria, with details about notable Victoria families; D.R. Harris' journal describing a survey in the Michipicoten River area in anticipation of the Canadian Pacific Railway, 15 June – 15 October [1871?]; Dennis Harris’ Original Field Book for the Canadian Pacific Railway Exploratory Surveys, 1871; records concerning D.R. Harris' interests in the West Wellington Coal Company, 1894-1899; records of Sir James Douglas concerning the British Columbia/United States water boundary (including his observations on the Oregon Treaty), 1871; transcripts about settlement and mineral rights in the British Columbia Railway Belt, 1885; a scrapbook of newspaper clippings; Martha Douglas’ childhood journal (1866-1869); and various publications which belonged to members of the Douglas family, including Martha Harris' History and Folklore of the Cowichan Indians (1901). The series also includes 58 photographs and 1 artwork.

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Accession(s): 89-088, 199009-007.

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